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Lionel Messi: Inter Miami Reveals Argentina Forward To Sold-Out Crowd

Messi's departure from French champions Paris St-Germain occurred at the end of the 2022-23 season, during which he scored 32 goals in 75 games over two years.

Despite heavy rain and lightning, a capacity crowd of approximately 20,000 eagerly awaited the arrival of the seven-time Ballon d’Or winner, who was presented with the iconic number 10 shirt.

Messi, aged 36, expressed his gratitude to the supporters and affirmed his unwavering determination in a brief speech delivered in Spanish.

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The World Cup-winning Argentine forward has officially joined Major League Soccer (MLS) club, Inter Miami, on a contract that will run until 2025.

This move reunites him with defensive midfielder Sergio Busquets, his former teammate at Barcelona, who has also signed with Miami until 2025.

Busquets were also introduced during the event on Sunday night.

In a grand entrance, Messi descended onto the pitch via a magnificent catwalk, where he was introduced as “America’s number 10, the world’s best number 10.”

Notable figures such as seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and four-time NBA champion Stephen Curry extended warm welcomes to Messi through video messages.

Expressing his eagerness to start training and competing, Messi stated, “I have the same desire that I always had to compete, to want to win, to help the club continue to grow.

I am very happy to have chosen to come and play in this city with my family, to embrace this project, and I do not doubt that we will enjoy it immensely.

We are going to have a great time, and remarkable things are going to happen.”Inter Miami’s temporary home ground, the DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, possesses a capacity of 18,000, making it the joint-smallest stadium in the MLS alongside San Jose Earthquakes’ PayPal Park in California.

To accommodate more fans, a temporary grandstand has been erected.

Messi’s departure from French champions Paris St-Germain occurred at the end of the 2022-23 season, during which he scored 32 goals in 75 games over two years.

Despite receiving lucrative offers from other countries, this marks the first time he will play for a non-European club, having chosen to compete in the United States.

Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham expressed his elation at Messi’s signing, describing it as a “dream come true.” “Leo, we are incredibly proud that you have selected our club for the next chapter in your career,” he declared.

The primary owner of Inter Miami, American billionaire Jorge Mas, hailed Messi as “the best player ever to don boots.”

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It is anticipated that Messi will be available to play for Miami in their opening match of the Leagues Cup against LIGA MX side Cruz Azul on 21 July.

Additionally, he will reunite with his former Barcelona and Argentina manager, Gerardo Martino, who was appointed as Miami’s manager in June following the departure of Phil Neville.

 

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